A judge in Arizona mandated the tabulation of votes late last week.
The Arizona secretary of state is looking into possible enforcement action after two Cochise County supervisors declined to certify the midterm election results.
Elections Director Kori Lorick wrote a note to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre on Friday detailing how one board member “continued to disregard his statutory responsibilities” and the judgment of Judge Casey McGinley from the day before.
To quote her, “the supervisors opted to act illegally, prioritizing bogus election narratives over the will of the people in Cochise County.” It was mandatory by law that election results be canvassed by November 28, and officials were aware of this.
As one manager put it in a November 28 New York Times article, the Board’s resistance to electronic voting machines was “the only thing [they] had to stand on.” Lorick used this citation to back up his argument.
She stated this move was an assault on democracy in Arizona.
Many eligible voters in Cochise County may have been denied their right to vote if the courts hadn’t compelled the two supervisors to fulfill their responsibilities. This flagrant disregard for Arizona’s election regulations must not be allowed to set a dangerous precedent, and we must do all in our power to stop it. Lorick finished his talk and concluded.
Katie Hobbs, the current governor and secretary of state, has launched a lawsuit against herself and a group of retirees to have the election recounted.
McGinley asked that the election canvass be certified by Thursday night, even though one board member was absent.
Supervisor Tom Crosby said in an interview with Fox News Digital that he was advised not to go.
In a Saturday email, he said, “The Attorney suggested that I not attend the Board’s meeting to certify the canvass.”
As the court’s decision ensures that every vote cast by qualified voters in Arizona will be counted, it might be considered a victory for democracy in the state. The state certification of the 2022 General Election will continue as planned on Monday, and Cochise County is under orders to canvass today. This particular Thursday, Hobbs tweeted.